July 17th, 2006

New Tilley Hat

Norman McLaren fans rejoyce! Neighbours over the net

A mention on Boing Boingleads to the big news (for me): some films of Norman McLaren are now available for viewing on the net. I've been trying to get these National Film Board of Canadian shorts from Netflix for years, without success. Perhaps my all-time favorite piece of animation is 1952's Neighbours. Still powerful in a small computer window with d/l artifacts. If you liked The Wizard of Speed and Time or similar uses of pixilation, you will like Neighbours.

If the above link doesn't work, go to the NFB of Canada's Focus on Animation, scroll down the director's list to McLaren, Norman, and chose Neighbours/Voisons.

I first saw this on tv, as a kid channel-hopping on Sunday morning, on a religious program out of NYC called Light Time. Very Christian, so I usually didn't watch, but I'd stop by make sure to see if they were going to repeat Neighbours, which they eventually did.
New Tilley Hat

Take it away!

radparker is on his way to Chicago to be with Kate. I scored a box of CDs: 151, if I counted right. I took the closest box of the two without checking to see what was in what, and a first pass nets 97 that look good (and I'll probably check out the other 54). That increases my collection by more than 10%. With the booty comes two CD racks, which I could use... if I could find a place to put them.

So it's time to reorganize my condo. First step, get rid of lots of stuff. I have hundreds of floppies, 800K and the 1.4M kind. Plus flip-top cases for them. Most are used, though I have at least six unopened boxes. Yours for the asking. If no one claims them, I'll toss the used floppies, give the cases and unopened boxes to the Salvation Army.

Also for free: Commodore-64 stuff. I don't know why I kept it. A few games and such. Maybe even some C-64 floppies. Gone, gone gone if no one wants them.

I have a staggering amount of computer books about HTML and web design from when I was teaching at Brown, all top-of-the-genre with CDs, from at least 7 years ago. Also some other computer books; I don't know how much C++ has changed, but I've never looked at them. Write for a list, and any unused ones get tossed. I may keep the Mac Secrets books, at least one of them... but maybe not.

Lots of software and disks for OS 7, 8 and 9. Perfectly legal. Anything I've upgraded from I'll keep, but anything else is up for grabs, including Office 2001 (Mac) Teacher's edition and Symantec Utilities etc. Not sure what I'll do with the software, but at best they go deeper into a closet.

I have at least two ZIP drives, 100M, SCSI plus a lot of disks. $10 for the drives and I'll throw in some random amount of ZIP disks that probably have something on them.

A big item: my old television. 21" (I think), fine working order last time I tried. Comes with remote and maybe instruction booklet. Also: Cabinet with swivel top. Holds tapes or other stuff. Make me an offer. You'll have to pick it up.

Al and Kate